March 13, 2017 Subject:
Below Average 86
Franklin's Towel -
June 25, 2016 Subject:
Ignore the twats below
This is a fine show, loose but hot - killer West LA, Let It Grow, EPIC Comes A Time... yes it's short and never a Dave's Picks but there are no signs of July coma here. By the way, listen to the killer 15243 aud and not this soundboard.
November 9, 2015 Subject:
comes a time /good lovin
One of the better/best versions since its return in 85 at the GREEK.
Check out the Good Lovin when Bob does an extended rap beginning about 5:40 'drummers need love...guy on keyboards need love... phil...even ole Garcia etc. If you were there the place was going nuts. Garcia was beaming. He always liked that tune for whatever reason but tonight he was smiling. He had a new 'girl' at this time but went back to MG after the coma. Listening to a lot of this its just a listening experience where as being there is(was) OBVIOUSLY a whole different multi-sensory experience.
I keep reading people comment how Garcia was in good form(at cal expoin May) considering he would be in a coma in late JUly. That and even the Greeks is considerably before the coma. Jerry WAS in good form he had lost a considerable amount of weight since 85.The coma was precipitated by numerous things including dehydration. He collapsed the 1st full day home from the summer east coast tour. The night before after the RFK show he had been complaining of being thirsty, etc So its NOT really surprising that all was well in early May at Cal expo or here at the Greeks but after a summer tour of 2/3 nights on, 1 off it caught up to him. I remember in either 87 or 88 when the band contracted for HUGE AC units, fans etc for the outdoor shows to keep relatively cool. Probably was 87 when they did the gigs with Dylan.
April 8, 2011 Subject:
Yeah, you can actually hear the cocaine infused phlegm gobs in Weir's throat throughout the show. Oy!
April 3, 2008 Subject:
Show starts off with a complete mess of a Midnight Hour. Bobby's vocal is embarrassing and the band in general sounds like they haven't ever rehearsed the damn thing.
A ha, 1/2 step, a song I know they know. This unfortunately is a bit of a mess too, IMHO. Bobby's background vocals are brutal and the band sounds disjointed. In particular, the drums are filled with what is seemingly non-stop fills when they should be occasionally keeping a simple beat. Being a drummer I don't know if I have ever felt that way before. Their drumming during 1/2 Step reminds me of when a person is trying to cram large vocabulary into everyday speech, and does so obviously and poorly. They are trying to crowbar fills into tight spaces and miss frequently.
Next is El Paso. Certainly Bobby can sing this one in his sleep? Oh my! In the first line of verse 1, it becomes clear Bobby has a gigantic loogy in the back of his throat that will become an impediment to his vocal chords throughout the length of this old classic. I'm not kidding, he needs a guitar tech to run him out a spit jar, and quick. At this point, as I look through the set list, I am horrified to imagine what he is going to sound like by the time Miracle arrives.
West LA Fadeaway is an improvement, but not spectacular, but hopefully a sign they are righting the ship. Couple of nice leads by Jerry and they seem to be playing more "together".
Me and my Uncle, the loogy is gone and things are looking up.
Mexicali shows Bobby as a real trooper. Pretty standard.
Candyman, one of my favorites, is played pretty well.
Let it Grow, another favorite of mine, and they do a really nice job of jamming. Best of the set by a long way. Ironically, at the end of the song, Bobby says, "We're going to take a break and fix some stuff." Considering the crappy set they just put together, that sentence could be construed in a few ways. Surely bigger and better things are due in the second set.
UJB set opener, it goes pretty well, not spectacular, but all seem to be conscience.
Next is Playin', and I am looking forward to seeing where Bobby's throat is. Amazingly, he has made a full recovery. Erest Angley must have been backstage and dragged the demons out because Bobby hasn't just gone from bad to passable, but he actually sounds really good, as well as the band. Nice groovy jam with a dreary little theme.
Playin' transsision really nicely into a very dramatic rendition of Comes a Time where they are spot-on. Bravo.
Coming out of space, Miracle goes along pretty well.
Black Peter nice.
Around X 2 pretty standard.
Good Lovin' pretty standard.
Pretty good recording quality is the only thing keeping this out of the 2 star range. Advice from me is to skip this and listen to the 22nd.